Florida Legislator Will Propose Compensation Fund for Police Shooting Victims

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, plans to bring out a bill “creating a Victim Compensation Crime and Trauma Fund for victims of police shooting incidents and their families.”

Alexander said on Monday that he will introduce the legislation for next year’s legislative session.

“Trauma experienced by survivors and loved ones can be social, physical, and emotional.  As lawmakers, it is imperative that we provide trauma-specific services and a greater awareness of the effects of exposure to traumatic events.  Police officers can obtain help to cope with trauma; victims and families should have the same service available to them,” said Alexander.

“My prayers are with Jacob Blake, shot seven times while his children watched, and the thousands of children and families across America whose lives are forever changed by memories they will never forget or escape,” Alexander added. “Our criminal justice system is long overdue for reforms to support trauma-informed solutions necessary to counter these lasting, adverse childhood experiences, often invisible, having a significant impact on people’s lives. We must pass policies that will stop these endless cycles of trauma. I will work tirelessly on behalf of the people of Florida to find solutions to this problem.”

Alexander’s proposal is not expected to gain much traction in the Legislature with both chambers under Republican control.

First elected to the House in 2016, Alexander represents all of Gadsden County and parts of Leon County. Representing one of the most secure Democratic districts in North Florida, Alexander is guaranteed a third term this year as he is not facing any opposition in November.

Alexander has been moving up the political ladder, leading Democrats on the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and serving as his party’s whip.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

 

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